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Address: 1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA
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Great Trail Runs with My Dog

One of my favorite runs on the peninsula - dirt trails, both forested and open space, rolling terrain with some steeper options. I regularly take my dog and he loves it. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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33 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of my favorite runs on the peninsula - dirt trails, both forested and open space, rolling terrain with some steeper options. I regularly take my dog and he loves it. I occasionally see coyotes, deer, horses, and sometimes wild turkeys. The parking lot has water and bathrooms. Convenient. Limited parking in the lot between 8:30 and 10:30 am on... More 

Thank Bleacherdad
San Francisco, CA
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43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Loved the fact that you can enter from close to the Alpine Village and quickly find yourself in a lovely forested area and come out to and expansive meadow. Great 6 miles loop to a large pond and back. And the trails have just the right amount of sand and dirt so it's not hazardous. And the views and immersion... More 

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The Woodlands
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158 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

So worth the short drive out here for wide open spaces and beautiful views! There was a nice unmanned center with information and excellent bathroom facilities at the parking area. Be sure to grab a map because there are so many different trails! They had a nice recommendation for one of the more longer hikes that had a nice variety... More 

Thank Texans112
San Diego, California
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I was visiting Staford with my daughter and found myself with a few hours on my own, so decided to get some fresh air and exercise. The preserve is very easy to find, about 15 minute's drive from the university. The parking lot was full but somebody pulled out just as I arrived. There is a small visitor center with... More 

Thank Jill G
Cuttingsville, Vermont
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105 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We never miss up a chance to hike through this lovely spot. Every year when we visit our daughter and her family we come up here at least once to enjoy the trails and views. The scenery couldn't be more different than our native Vermont and just as lovely. It's only a few minutes west of downtown Palo Alto but... More 

Thank ScottFreeVT
San Jose, California
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96 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Plenty of parking, clean bathrooms (no porta potties here; real toilets/real sinks), several trails. The only downside is no shade in the summer. My hiking group hikes at a variety of parks, so we save Arastradero for cooler days. The hills are gentle and wide compared to many areas so it's great for beginning hikers or those rehabbing from injuries.... More 

Thank NapiliR
Palo Alto
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75 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The best part of this preserve is that it exists! It is a great gift to the Bay Area that there are still natural places like this that aren't covered in tract home McMansions or research parks. Take water and sunscreen - there's not a lot of shade on these pretty hikes.

Thank Katie B
San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

This is a user-friendly outdoor space; great for a gentle mountain bike ride or a sunny hike. There is a small interpretive center and the trails are reasonably well marked, though it is easy to get turned around.

Thank SandcruiserX
Palo Alto, California
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53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

You don't have to go far to get to this secluded place where you can hear birds and running water. Drive for few minutes from downtown Palo Alto, you will find this place tucked in a quiet road. My favorite trail is the long uphill trail passing the reservoir. Scenery is beautiful in all seasons, my favorite time for hiking... More 

Thank JamshidV
Los Altos, California
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123 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I like this area a lot for a short hike in the hills with the dog (yes, dogs are allowed on leash). It's got hills, open space, woods, water, parking, restrooms, and several trails. And it's easy to get to from the Peninsula without having to drive into the mountains. Only problems are it's so close to I-280 that you... More 

Thank EBinLACA

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